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Manning throws five picks as Seahawks blank Giants

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) greets teammate Marshawn Lynch (24) after Lynch scored a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz./AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Manning throws five picks as Seahawks blank Giants

East  Rutherford, NJ  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Seattle  Seahawks had  a most  enjoyable  trip to MetLife  Stadium. It may not be their last visit there this  season.

The current NFC front-runners intercepted Eli Manning five times in a stifling  defensive  effort  that set the tone  for a 23-0  win over the New York Giants  that moved the Seahawks another step closer towards sewing up the conference’s  No. 1 overall seed.

Richard  Sherman and  Byron  Maxwell each  had two  picks  and Seattle  (12-2) limited  the Giants to  181 total yards in dealing New York its first regular-  season shutout loss at home in 18 years.

Marshawn  Lynch  added 120  yards  from  scrimmage  and  a touchdown  for  the  Seahawks,  who entered Week  15 a game in front of New Orleans in the race for  home-field advantage in the playoffs

Seattle  has  its final two regular-season  outings at home, where it has gone  14-0  over  the last  two  years,  giving the  Seahawks  the  inside track  to  represent the NFC when MetLife Stadium hosts Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.

Russell  Wilson  finished 18-of-27  for 206  yards with  an interception and a  touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin, who caught six balls for 71 yards in the rout.

Manning  finished with 156 yards on 18-of-31 passing for New York (5-9), which  is  assured  of a  losing  season  for the  first  time  since the  struggling  quarterback’s rookie campaign in 2004.

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